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The challenge is not quite over! . . . see this post . . . I've got to put together a post about my A to Z experience. I also hope to add a list of quick links so you don't have to go through my archive (unless you want to).

The page of links is still live! Please take some time to visit, click here. Last time I looked there were still over 1,500 blogs listed.

My reflection post is here

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Spotlight On . . . Rooville by Julie Long

Rooville
Julie Long

Publisher: SparkPress 
ISBN: 978-1940716602  
Published: September 2015 
genre: fiction
396 pages


format available: ebook, trade paperback

author's website | Twitter 

About the book:
Even after thirteen years in Southern California, Owen Martin can feel the corners of his squareness still sharply evident. He’s a TV weatherman bored by the beautiful climate. He wants to coach basketball but all the kids play soccer. And he seems to be the only person who thinks a fruit smoothie is a poor substitute for a vanilla shake. When he’s fired from his job, Owen is relieved to head home to Iowa, to the town his ancestors founded and the simple life he knew before his father died. He can’t predict the atmospheric pressure he's about to encounter, which, as any meteorologist knows, is the key catalyst for change. . . .

In his absence, Martinville has become the center of the Transcendental Meditation movement and host to all things alternative. There are golden domes for mass meditations, a vegan café where the burger joint stood, and all the shop doors around Town Square now face east. But far worse than anything is the danger to the Martin family farm. In a town divided between “Regulars” and “Roos” (gurus), Owen is clear where he stands until he falls for a levitator instead of the down-to-earth girl he had in mind. With old customs and open-mindedness clashing like warm and cold fronts, Owen gets caught in a veritable tornado. Can he save the farm, get the girl, and reunite the town? Maybe . . . if he’s willing to embrace a change in the weather.




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First contact: June 18
Janay/BookSparks

format: print
arrived: June 30 
review due: September 8 
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Thoughts On . . . Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Eight Hundred Grapes
Laura Dave

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781476789255
Published: June 2015
genre: fiction
272 pages

format available: ebook, audio, hardcover

author's website| Twitter

About the book:
There are secrets you share, and secrets you hide…

Growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard, Georgia Ford learned some important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother’s lasagna: chocolate. The secret behind ending a fight: hold hands.

But just a week before her wedding, thirty-year-old Georgia discovers her beloved fiancé has been keeping a secret so explosive, it will change their lives forever.

Georgia does what she’s always done: she returns to the family vineyard, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents, and her brothers, and everything familiar. But it turns out her fiancé is not the only one who’s been keeping secrets…


My Thoughts:
The book starts with a very lovely story about how her parents met then tells us about Georgia's car ride.

With only the clothes on my back and a hastily packed suitcase, I drove from sunny Southern California--the place that had been my home for the last fourteen years--to the small town in Northern California on the edge of the Russian River Valley. The place that'd been my home for my entire life until then.

Nine hours, five rest-spot stops, two terrible milkshakey coffee drinks (one vanilla, one strawberry), and a roll of Rolos later, I arrived in Sonoma County. I should have felt relief, but as I passed the familiar sign for Sebastopol--its wiry hills visible behind it--I caught a glimpse of myself in the rearview. My hair was falling out of its bun, my eyes were deeply unsettled, and I couldn't escape the feeling that I was about to walk into a new kind of hell.

So I turned around and started driving the nine hours back to Los Angeles.

Interesting. I'm sure the problem that sent her running is still in Los Angeles and since she's tired and hungry, she stays and heads to her brother Finn's tavern. Things are a little different than she expected but the part I liked . . .

Finn turned back for just a second. "Hey, Georgia . . ." he said.

"Yeah?"

"You know that you're still wearing your wedding dress, yes?" he said.

and I'm hooked! Back to reading . . .

As the saying goes, you can't go home again, so too it is with Georgia and while I'm loving the book and the twists, the real world has intruded into my reading time so I need to leave this unfinished.







Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of BookSparks and amazon.com and is being reviewed as part of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge.

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